Zim farmer conciliatory on land grab

A Zimbabwean farmer who was told 10 days ago his farm had been confiscated, now says it looks as though the issue could swing in his favour, Beeld newspaper reported on Friday.

Henry Jackson's widely publicised, conciliatory stance to the occupation of his farm, situated near Gweru, elicited strong reactions from South Africans and Zimbabweans.

Amongst other things, Jackson, 57, told the prospective new owner of the farm he would bless him and provide him with logistical help.

Jackson said on Thursday it seemed as though high-ranking Zanu-PF officials were however taking issue with the land commissioner who was trying to expropriate his farm.

The Zanu-PF officials were sending him messages saying he should stay on the property, Jackson said.

"It's as if I'm standing to one side, and they're fighting against one another."

Jackson, also a pastor of the United Apostolic Faith Church, cited the biblical story of Gideon, who had stepped aside to allow his enemies to fight against each other, to explain his behaviour. Jackson said he was content to leave the issue in God's hands.

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